Taylor Swift Released A Video For The Single “Willow” From Her Album “Evermore” Which Touches On Her Feud With Kanye West And Relationship With Tom Hiddleston
Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods walked for a couple of steps before it tripped and landed with its ass sticking up out of the flap of its flannel long johns so Taylor Swift’s folklore could run. Which I guess means that folklore ran so evermore could sit pensively in vintage lace and gingham. As promised, Taylor’s 9th studio album dropped last night, along with a video for the single willow, directed by Taylor, in which she takes whimsy outback, beats it to a pulp, stuffs its lifeless body into a burlap sack, drags it to the river, dumps it and then runs and hops into a perfectly distressed 1920s jalopy, drives downstream ahead of the careening corpse, hops out, rushes to the riverbank, grabs the sodden sack, opens it and leans over and breathes new life into the mouth of whimsy which transforms it into a flesh and blood prince charming. SPOILER ALERT: They live happily evermore.
Here’s the video for willow which co-stars Taylor’s former Red tour backup dancer Taeok Lee as Whimsy Personified and Jason Treuting on Glockenspiel.
As for the rest of the album, Buzzfeed reports that there are a couple of songs that reference her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and one that references her transition from Calvin Harris to Joe Alwyn and “the wrong guy” in between (hint: rhymes with Mom Wittleston.) Come on, it’s poetry, it’s not supposed to be literal! OK. She’s talking about Tom Hiddleston.
… as was the case on Folklore, Evermore also contains songs about Taylor’s real life. And it seems she’s used this album to explore the fallout of all the drama from 2016 in a way we haven’t heard musically before.
In the song Long Story Short co-written by Aaron Dessner of The National, Taylor sings the lyric “I tried to pick my battles ‘til the battle picked me,” probably a reference to the phone call with Kanye that was leaked and the subsequent #TaylorSwiftIsOver hullabaloo that followed. In the same song, she talks about her relationship with Tom “where they were photographed together no less than 24 times in their first three weeks together, before splitting in September.” Still so cringy, no wonder she’s still haunted by it.
In the chorus, Taylor sings about “clinging to the nearest lips” during the worst period in her life, but ultimately says that the person she rebounded with was “the wrong guy.” This presumably is a reference to her relationship with Tom Hiddleston who she was dating at the time of her fallout with Kimye.
And Taylor goes on to suggest that she decided to choose her current boyfriend Joe Alwyn — who she also met that summer — over Tom.
The events of 2016 are also explored in more depth on the track, “Evermore” which closes out the standard edition of the album. This song opens in November, with Taylor trying to make sense of “where she went wrong” in July.
Swiftian scholars are no doubt scouring Craigslist for vintage enamel chamber pots, chunky knits, and paraffin lamps and collecting planks of reclaimed wood to line their bedroom walls in preparation for a winter locked away listening to and studying folklore and evermore. Good for them. But I will never forgive her for putting banjos on her cover of Earth Wind & Fire’s September.